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Discussing Short Stories, from Leverson to Kipling-Tuesday pm View details

For this course we'll be discussing six stories from The Penguin Book of The British Short Story anthology, edited by Philip Hensher. We start with Suggestion, by Mrs Ernest Leverson, a story published in 1895. Over the following five sessions we'll look at one story per week, finishing with Rudyard Kipling's, 1917 story, The Village that Voted the Earth was Flat. What is the attraction of the short story for the writer? Are these stories primarily important because they're historical? What does the twenty-first century reader get from them? The tutor will supply a schedule of stories on the Canvas site. Please read, Suggestion, by Mrs Ernest Leverson, for discussion at the first session.

From Mandarins to Commissars View details

China, one of the oldest continuous civilisations, is currently undergoing dramatic change. The course looks at China’s turbulent history in the late 19th and the 20th centuries. The rise of Republicanism and the overthrow of the Qing Empire did not lead to stability but to years of warlord strife, Japanese invasion and civil war between Nationalists and Communists. Communist victory in 1949 led to more upheaval during Mao’s Great Leap Forward and the devastating Cultural Revolution. Astonishingly, despite this violent legacy, in the last thirty years China has gained a position as a major world power and is the largest economy after the USA.

An Explosion of Words: Writing Action with Shaun Kennedy View details

Action is a key element to storytelling, even in the most mundane and everyday of setups. Alas, it is common for writers to feel unsure on how to effectively portray and utilise action. In this short course we will discuss and define the topic, explore examples, and practise using two possible creative writing techniques and a number of literary devices. We will also consider other topics of note including fight scenes, technical terms, using the environment, and how to increase immersion and raise the stakes by addressing the consequences and development of situations. This course will feature lecture, discussion, excerpts, and a variety of exercises to help give your stories that extra kick!

Abstract Painting with Karen Davies View details

Have you ever wanted to paint more abstractly but not sure where to start? This course will provide an introduction into abstract painting we will explore different ways of working through painting exercises and looking at the different types of abstraction. There will be opportunity to develop a piece of work in your chosen media. The course is open to all levels or artistic experience from beginners to those who want to further develop their practice.

Family History: Troubleshooting your Family Tree with Kevin Brown View details

This course aims to offer strategies, methods and resources that might help you to overcome the frustrations of researching family history. It will bring you together with others who share both the joys and irritations of the genealogical enterprise. You will be encouraged to consider the local perspective and wider social aspects of history and apply these to your current approaches. By working together with others you will be encouraged to share your joys and frustrations and learn from each others' approaches. It is also a course for 'brushing up' your skills, revisiting basics and adding to your repertoire.

Painting and Drawing: Mixed Media with Karen Davies View details

An opportunity to explore and experiment with different media and how they work together. We will, for example, use collage, printing, paints, ink, pastels, charcoal, photocopies in various combinations. Over the course we will aim to complete a piece of work, looking at and discussing artists' work for inspiration.

Japanese Braiding (Kumihimo) - Advanced with Sylvia May View details

Although this course is meant to follow on from the Beginners' and Beyond the Basics courses from the previous 2 terms, it will be possible for beginners to join in if they wish, as some of the original skills will be demonstrated. However, the emphasis will be on developing and expanding existing skills to include more complex patterns and methods, along with a few jewellery-making ideas. Thus, beginners should feel up to the challenge! Feel free to seek a conversation with the tutor if unsure.

Philosophy: Autonomy – Are We in Control of Our Lives? with Bettina Lange View details

In Western societies a freely-chosen, independent life is regarded as an ideal to aspire to. This course explores different philosophical meanings of this individual autonomy and considers their implications with regard to how society is or should be organised; how individual autonomy relates to political autonomy; and arguments against valuing personal autonomy highly. The course will cover : what it means to be in charge of your own life; Context : individuality, society and ethics in liberal philosophy; The core concept of individual autonomy in current (analytical) philosophy; Three conceptions of individual autonomy : procedural, substantive and relational; How autonomy relates to freedom; Political priorities (e.g. about resources or opportunities) and principles (e.g. the rule of law) designed to protect individual autonomy; Arguments – conservative, socialist, ecologist - against prioritising individual autonomy; Sovereignty or political autonomy.

Mosque and Minaret - The Essentials of Islamic Architecture View details

Islam originated in Arabia in the 7th century and spread within a hundred years to cover an area extending from Spain in the west to Central Asia in the east. Grounded in the precepts of Islam, but adopting and adapting earlier styles and practices, a distinctive architecture developed which, whilst interpreted in different ways across the Muslim world, was recognisably Islamic. We shall look at the origins of Islamic architecture and at the religious, historic, geographic and cultural factors which have created and defined it.

Mindfulness for Wellbeing View details

This is a course for individuals wanting to explore what mindfulness is, the skills involved, and how to introduce it into their daily life as a tool to increase self care and well-being skills. It also enables participants to enjoy time out, to learn and partake in and practice mindfulness together and individually. We cover a range of topics in the course including the theory of what mindfulness is, the mental and physical benefits, and practical exercises and suggestions. There are also opportunities for the group to interact and discuss how they feel and get on week by week plus being able to share challenges and tips on how they are doing as the course progresses.